Glen Maxey

Stonewall Democrats of Austin is honoring Glen Maxey on Aug. 2 by naming and award for him and presenting the first annual Glen Maxey Award to former Austin City Councilman Chris Riley at Maxey’d Out for Chris. The award recognizes a member or an ally of Austin’s LGBTQ community who, through public service, has made significant contributions to the quality of life in Austin.

Riley served on the Austin City Council from 2009–2015. He sponsored a gender-neutral bathroom ordinance, helping transgender people and others avoid a choice that is uncomfortable and possibly dangerous. He carried the budget amendment for unmarried same-sex partner benefits, which eliminated discriminatory treatment arising from the inability to marry and he sponsored the Austin’s Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Maxey was the first executive director of the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas (now Equality Texas) and left to become the first openly LGBT member of the Texas legislature, serving 1991–2003. Most recently, he’s been busy tracking county clerks complying with the U.S. Supreme Court marriage equality ruling.

The event takes place on Aug. 2 at Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado St., Austin. Register online.